Brandon Martin announced as new director of Small Business Development Center

Brandon MartinSeven months after adopting a formal program to assist small businesses in the region, California State University, Bakersfield has hired local business attorney and marketing professional Brandon Martin as the director of the CSUB Small Business Development Center serving Kern, Inyo and Mono counties.

"I'm looking forward to getting the word out about the useful services and technologies our organization offers to local entrepreneurs as well as the opportunity to build the solutions-focused assistance we can provide in new areas," Martin said.

The CSUB SBDC operates under the UC Merced SBDC Regional Network in Central California and is part of a national network of centers established by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide assistance to small businesses looking to start or expand their operations. The local center offers free and paid services in the form of one-on-one consulting with business professionals, workshops on topics such as human resources and marketing, and help with small business loan applications.

CSUB became host of the SBDC in October 2010 and has already seen success under the leadership of Interim Director John Pryor, who has amassed a team of consultants, including faculty and MBA students from CSUB.

"Thanks to the excellent efforts of my predecessor, John Pryor, our team of standout consultants, and the university's excellent faculty, we are well-positioned to continue to be a positive, creative force in our community in the years to come," Martin said.

Most recently, Martin served as Communications Director of the 2010 Bakersfield Business Conference, which is organized by his father, prominent Bakersfield business attorney George Martin. Brandon Martin also recently launched an Internet consulting business in 2009 called Mighty Megaphone, which he said has helped familiarize him with many of the modern and topical issues facing small businesses.

During his 10-year professional career, Martin has advised small and large businesses in California, practicing law in the areas of real estate development and environmental law for firms in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Bakersfield. He has also served as a lecturer in CSUB's Environmental Resources Management program on the topic of environmental compliance.

"CSUB's School of Business and Public Administration is excited about what Brandon Martin brings to the table," said Associate Dean Mark Evans. "He has the leadership and communication skills to establish great rapport with the SBDC's consultants, business clients, community stakeholders, and our university. He is strategic and visionary, comfortable with the new technologies driving business competitiveness."

Martin holds a bachelor of arts in communication studies from University of California at Los Angeles, and a law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. While in law school, he helped small businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by serving pro-bono for the Small Business Counseling Center and the Samuelson Clinic for Law and Technology.

For more information about the CSUB Small Business Development Center, visit or call 661-861-7951.

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